13 Habits To Quit That You Didn't Even Know Were Unhealthy

13 Habits To Quit That You Didn't Even Know Were Unhealthy

Believe it or not.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is so important not only to your physical health, but your mental health and wellbeing. It is okay to have cheat days and cheat meals every now and then, but creating healthy habits is the first step on your road to a healthy lifestyle. Most healthy habits are obvious, but here are 13 habits that you may be doing that will hold you back from your healthy lifestyle:

1. Drinking diet soda.

Just because it says "diet" does NOT mean it is not damaging to your body. There is an abundance of undeniable research that proves there are harsh ingredients in these drinks that will not only make you gain weight, but has been proven to increase your chances of cancer. Please stop drinking them!

2. Running on little sleep.

Some people believe that they can function just fine on five or six hours of sleep. But, research has proven that getting the appropriate amount of sleep improves memory, boosts creativity, improves grades, helps you maintain a healthy weight, lowers stress, and decreases your chances of depression. Plus, no one likes being exhausted throughout the day. Get your rest!

3. Eating late at night.

When you eat late at night or right before you go to bed, your body does not have time to fully process the foods you have eaten as efficiently as eating hours before you go to bed. Eating late at night also slows down your metabolism and could potentially interfere with sleep.

4. Eating "free" foods.

Fat-free, gluten-free, or anything else that has "free" something does not necessarily mean you are eating the "healthier" version of something. Sometimes, these foods will add another unhealthy ingredient, such as sugar, to replace the lack of fat, gluten, or whatever else may be missing.

5. Weighing yourself every day.

This is just a number and you are more than a number. The scale also doesn't break down how much muscle and fat your body is storing. Don't let this number get you down.

6. Using your time at the gym as an excuse to eat junk food.

"You went to the gym today, so it's okay to eat that pizza." NO. You could spend three hours a day at the gym, but that time is meaningless if you are eating unhealthy foods. It does NOT balance out, that is a total myth!

7. Not drinking enough water.

Believe it or not, water actually makes you feel full when you drink enough of it. If you drink a few glasses before you eat a meal, you will more than likely eat less. Drinking lots of water will also improve your skin and hydrate your body.

8. Cutting out a food source.

Many people completely cut out sugar, carbs, or other food sources for a diet. Unless you have an intolerance to these or your doctor recommends you remove them from your diet, it is actually unhealthy to do so. It is almost fully ineffective in helping you lose weight and your body will negatively react to these food sources once you start eating them again.

9. Taking medication every time something hurts.

Tired? Don't take ZzzQuil, you'll fall asleep eventually and naturally. Stomach hurt? Don't take Pepto Bismol. Try pooping or resting. Have a headache? Don't take an Advil. Use a cool compress or rest. The more you use medication every time something hurts a little bit, the more the drugs will become ineffective because your body is building an immunity to them.

10. Eating too fast.

We are all guilty of this at some point or another. But, the slower we eat, the smaller your stomach will become and the less food you will eat.

11. Spending too much time on technology.

Your eyes, body, and mind need some fresh air. Take a walk and stop killing your brain cells.

12. Making excuses.

Stop making excuses to not eat well, to not go to the gym, or from other healthy habits. The only thing stopping you from being healthy is you. Yes, you do have time to make healthy habits. STOP. MAKING. EXCUSES.

13. Doubting yourself.

If you want to look better and feel better on your road to a healthy lifestyle, you need to stop doubting yourself. You can do absolutely anything you set your mind to, and it is crucial for you to love yourself and to believe in yourself. You need to accept that there will be bad days and cheat days, and that's okay.

I wish you the best of luck on your road to your healthy lifestyle!

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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"Let your past make you better, not bitter."


After completing my junior year at Iowa State, I have found myself reflecting on a lot of the experiences and people who have helped me get to the point I am at today. Family obviously comes to mind, followed by my friends, my sorority sisters, my boyfriend, my professors, and my mentors. I am able to contribute a lot of my success to their support and compassion that they have shown me throughout my past three years. I am also able to contribute my success to the woman I have grown to be and to the woman I have always wanted to be. You see, three years ago, the woman I was was buried in a toxic relationship that didn't allow me to flourish into the woman I was striving to be.

Let me take a step back, this article is not meant to bash the person who it is about. In fact, it's more of a thank you. Because you see, without him letting go of me, I would have never taken the leaps and bounds out of my comfort zone to become the woman I am so damn proud to be today. This is also not meant to say that I am I glad I was in such a toxic relationship, it was honestly so terrible that I wouldn't wish it upon anyone but I am in fact, thankful. I learned more from that relationship that I have in anything else in my life.

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I wanted to extend my gratitude to the person who hurt me because if you hadn't, I wouldn't be the badass, boss girl, powerful woman that I am today. I am confident, smart, loving, and fully capable of giving and receiving the kindest, most sincere kind of love. My life has changed for the better, and I wouldn't change a single thing. I wish you the best, because let me tell ya, it feels great.

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